Stories by Brian Upton

A cluster of monarch butterflies gather on a eucalyptus branch
October 12, 2023

A Safe Haven

The annual monarch butterfly migration to Natural Bridges means Fall has landed in Santa Cruz.

Jason "Willz" Williams sits on a handrail, holding up his hands
October 7, 2023

Surface Energy: Jason “Willz” Williams Uses Art to Spread Positive Inspiration

It doesn’t take long after striking up a conversation with Jason Williams to be swept up in the infectious energy of the moment, a sensation you’ll surely want to be a part of.

Haha Tonka black and white band photo
August 2, 2023

Catching up with Ha Ha Tonka

Ha Ha Tonka, an American indie rock band hailing from the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, is returning to Moe’s Alley on Saturday, September 2, 2023.

A Sea Otter swims on his back in the Monterey Bay with The Death & Life of the Monterey Bay Revisited by Brian Upton captioned
August 2, 2023

The Death & Life of Monterey Bay

It has been nearly 15 years since Stephen Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka published “The Death and Life of Monterey Bay,” in which the marine biologist vividly depicts the journey of one of the world’s most captivating marine ecosystems—our local front yard, Monterey Bay.